Churches worth driving to

Name of Church St. Joseph Address 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355 Phone number 209-551-4973 Webpage Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. (Latin Tridentine), 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. (Spanish), 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Daily Mass: 8 a.m. … [Read More...]

Who is California’s travel ban affecting?

UC Davis senior Acacia Keith was excited to present her research on the anti-abortion movement at what would have been her first national conference this spring. The Council on Undergraduate Research conference, which showcases work by more than 3,000 undergraduates, is considered a premier … [Read More...]

Message from Modesto

Participants in the First US Regional Meeting of Popular Movements issued a “message from Modesto” following a four-day meeting in the California city. Cardinal Peter Turkson and two dozen US bishops attended the meeting, which was cosponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral … [Read More...]

Lenten Speaker series in San Francisco

Lenten Speaker Series, Saint Mary Cathedral, San Francisco Saturdays in Lent, March 4-April 8, 2017 10:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon Saint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco Contact:  Father Driscoll, Parochial Vicar, Saint Mary’s Cathedral 415-567-2020 x 208    … [Read More...]

A new home for Mother Teresa’s sisters in San Diego

Some 18 members of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity lived in three small bungalows that served as their convent in San Diego. Their leader, Sister Ancy, considered expanding the garage, which served as their chapel. “I didn’t have a plan,” she recalled. But Terry and Barbara Caster soon … [Read More...]

Immigration, the death penalty and the environment

More than 40,000 people of faith from around the world will attend the 2017 Religious Education Congress (RECongress) – the nation’s largest annual gathering of Catholics – this weekend (February 23-26) at the Anaheim Convention Center (800 Katella Ave, Anaheim, 92802). “I’m excited for this year’s … [Read More...]

Drexel School System adds three new schools in San Jose diocese

Following its theme of “Transforming Catholic Education” the Drexel School System within the Diocese of San Jose is expanding from seven to 10 schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Assistant Superintendent for Drexel Schools, Tara Rolle, Ed.D., recently announced that Saint Mary of the Immaculate … [Read More...]

Cardinal Peter Turkson visits Fresno

One of Pope Francis’ main cardinals – who oversees Vatican offices addressing issues such as environmental pollution, climate change, health care, charity, immigrants and refugees on behalf of the Catholic Church worldwide – spoke in Fresno on Monday night about the importance of caring for the … [Read More...]

Another medical emergency at FPA in Bakersfield For the fourth time in five weeks, the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility in Bakersfield, California, has summoned an ambulance to transport an abortion patient to the hospital to receive emergency care for complications that the abortion facility … [Read More...]

‘Glitter ashes’

Proclaiming "the need for progressive Christian witness has never been more urgent," a New York-based LGBTQ advocacy group with roots in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has launched "Glitter+Ash". Parity characterizes glitter ash as a way for churches observing Ash Wednesday to incorporate … [Read More...]

New schools superintendent named for San Francisco archdiocese

The Archdiocese of San Francisco announced that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has appointed Pamela Lyons as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1.  She replaces Dr. Nina Russo who served as interim superintendent for the past two years. Dr.  Russo is retiring after seven years in … [Read More...]

California bishop praises President Trump’s travel ban

The following is by Bishop Bawai Soro. Soro is a bishop with St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon. Critics have objected to President Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban travel to the U.S. by refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries, alleging 1) their human rights are … [Read More...]

Fear, uncertainty and terror

Fear, uncertainty and terror are part of the immigrant experience in Los Angeles, Archbishop José H. Gomez said Feb. 17 during a panel on immigration at a Vatican-sponsored conference. The fear has continued to spread since the election of President Donald Trump, he said, reporting that many … [Read More...]

Bishop Robert McElroy preaches progressivism

On February 18, Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego delivered a speech at the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements during a panel discussion on the barriers marginalized people face in housing and work. The following are excerpts: Global Warming skepticism fueled by conspiring … [Read More...]